Posts Tagged ‘Michael Miller’

Audition Daily Blog, The Return – part 3

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

A very quick post … tonight’s practice session went well. Perhaps because the last thing I did last night was practice? And I ran over everything. So my brain had a chance to work on things overnight?

I also have to say that I gave a fair amount of thought and practice over the last few days to this article on bow speed and distribution from The Strad. I took it to heart, ‘invented’ some exercises, and have been applying the concepts to the excerpts. Very helpful.

In other news, I have to get serious about organizing the group for “Bassapalooza” at Valparaiso University on October 28. Our friend Dr. Phillip Serna would like us to close out the evening with a performance. (last year’s Facebook post)

I hope to perform “Enambered” and a new arrangement of In the Bleak Midwinter by Michael G. Miller, and probably something from Simon Garcia or Tony Osborne.

In the Name of Hope, May 27, 2009

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

In the Name of Hope, a benefit concert celebrating the work of Michael Miller, pianist and composer.

You are invited to a special tribute concert celebrating the work of Chicago pianist and composer Michael Miller, May 27 7:30pm (Wednesday) at Nichols Hall in Evanston.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 @ 7:30pm
Nichols Concert Hall
1490 Chicago Ave. (map)
Evanston, IL  60201
Suggested donation: $30

The Chicago Bass Ensemble will perform two short works on this concert: an arrangement by Miller of Robert Schumann’s Traumerei and an original composition by Miller, Caught, part of a planned multi-movement work for bass quartet. Michael Miller and our Doug Johnson are old friends, but had lost contact with each other until Miller spotted our MySpace page. In short order he created several arrangements for us. He also began work on Enambered, of which Caught is one of the movements.

Members of the Chicago area performing arts community are joining together for this benefit concert as a tribute to Michael Miller’s work as a performer and composer. This event will feature performances by prominent Chicago musicians including mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley (CUBE ensemble, Lyric Opera and Santa Fe Opera apprenticeships), pianist Fiona Queen, award-winning vocal performer Danielle Brothers, double bassist Douglas Johnson, violinist Nina Saito, English horn player June Matayoshi, and other surprises.  The concert will feature compositions by Robert Schumann, Kurt Weill, and Michael Miller.

Michael is entering into an indefinite period of inactivity as a performer, having recently been diagnosed with a neurological condition which greatly impairs the use of his arms. Proceeds from this concert will go toward assisting Michael Miller through this challenging time of personal transformation.

Please contact Orson Panetti if you have any questions regarding this event.

For this concert, the Chicago Bass Ensemble lineup was: Jacque Harper, John Floeter, Doug Johnson and Jason Heath.